|Israel`s Settler Rampage||Khaled Amayreh - Al-Ahram Weekly - An Israeli settler child in Hebron throws a stone at the photographer, 18 July 1997. The soldier made no attempt to restrain the child, and instead stood there smirking. Settler children in Hebron are taught to hold a racist contempt for Palestinians and could often be seen in Hebron`s market harrassing aged Palestinian vendors and overturning their produce stalls, while the Israeli soldiers that accompany the children to protect them took no action.
|The Debate over Israeli Settlements Expansion !!! Lovers Quarrel but Not A Deal Breaker. ||Link to ARIJ - "while President Bush expressed tepid dissatisfaction with the Israeli incessant policy of settlements expansion, particularly with the 3,500 new housing units set for construction in the most controversial settlement of all; Ma`ale Adumim located east of Jerusalem city, the Israeli PM did not really care. What`s more, Sharon laid down Israel`s intention of expanding Ma`ale Adumim settlement, which is to create settlements barrier that links Ma`ale Adumim settlement bloc with the heart of Jerusalem. "||20/4/2005|
|White House seeks clarifications||By Yitzhak Benhorin and Attila Somfalvi - U.S. Administration concerned about plan to build 50 residential units in West Bank settlement. Americans also seek clarification over reports that upcoming pullout may be delayed by several weeks.
|US queries Israel settlement plan||BBC News Online - The US wants Israel to explain plans to build new homes in the West Bank, which were announced days after Washington urged an end to settlement expansion.
|Tenders for bids to build 50 homes in a WB settlement ||George Rishmawi – IMEMC & Agencies - In addition to raising the risk of new tension with the United States an Israeli government decision to issue tenders seeking bids for construction of 50 new houses in the West Bank settlement of Elkana, it will raise risk of collapsing the calm declared by the Palestinian factions. ||18/4/2005|
|Israel to Add to West Bank Settlement||Laura King - Los Angeles Times - Brushing aside an explicit U.S. call to
refrain from expanding Jewish settlements, Israel on Monday
disclosed plans to build 50 new homes in the northern West Bank.
|Israel plans more homes in West Bank settlement||Reuters - Israel announced plans on Monday to build 50 homes in a Jewish settlement in the West Bank, a week after U.S. President George W. Bush called on Prime Minister Ariel Sharon not to expand settlements.
| West Bank Construction Forges Ahead||The Associated Press - MAALEH ADUMIM, West Bank - Construction of new housing proceeded at full speed in Maaleh Adumim, the largest Jewish settlement in the West Bank, despite pointed criticism from President Bush that clouded a Texas summit with Israel`s leader.
|Settlers Split as U.S. Jewish Rightists Intensify Efforts To Stop||Marc Perelman - Forward - "A split is emerging among Gaza settlers, as several of their leaders met with Israeli Prime Minister Sharon to discuss a proposal to move all 8,000 of them to a coastal strip north of Ashkelon."
|Attacks by Settlers against Palestinian Civilian and Property||PCHR - weekly report - Israeli settlers living in the OPT in violation of international humanitarian law, have launched a series of attacks against Palestinian civilians and Palestinian property. ||7/4/2005|
|Hizma: A Palestinian Village between the Wall and the Settlements||Link to Applied Research Institute - "Construction is ongoing west of Hizma, along the main road used by Palestinian traffic.. The village, however, is also hemmed in by two illegal Israeli settlements Anatot (est. 1981), to its east, and Pisgat Ze`ev (est. 1985), to its west." ||7/4/2005|
|Middle East settlers split on plan to quit Gaza||Chris McGreal - The Guardian -
The first serious divisions among Jewish settlers over Ariel
Sharon`s plan to pull out of the Gaza Strip emerged yesterday as
their leaders met the prime minister to discuss the terms for a mass
relocation to within Israel`s borders.
|Settlements` timeline - a link to PBS||Summary of settlement development in the Occupied Territories by the successive Israeli governments, and of the pertinent US policies ||6/4/2005|
|`Hebron a strategic asset’||Attila Somfalvi - YNET - During Knesset Defense and Foreign Affairs Committee session, Sharon noted that Hebron is a “strategic Jewish asset.” Sarid: “30 years ago we tried to explain to Sharon not to build in Gaza…he has the chutzpa to tell us what’s a strategic asset and what isn’t.”
|Attacks by Settlers against Palestinian Civilians and Property ||From the weekly report by the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights ||3/4/2005|
|To Call a Spade||Meir Margalit - Hagada Hasmalit - "The report submitted by Attorney Talia Sasson regarding illegal outposts is a brave and useful document. In order to grasp its larger meaning it is necessary to refer to other data that is not included in the report and which has not been commented upon. According to Israel`s Civil Administration in the West Bank, since the year 2000 some 800 structures belonging to Palestinians have been demolished. "||11/4/2005|
|Attacks by Settlers against Palestinian Civilian and Property ||From the PCHR weekly report 21 - 27 Apr. 2005
|Today`s Settlers` `activities`||IMEMC and Agencies - Settlers attack homes in Hebron; Settlers clash with security, injure Army officers; ||29/4/2005|
|New settlement road near Qalqilia||Saed Bannoura - IMEMC & Agecnies - The Israeli authorities issued a new plan to construct a new settlement road which carries Nr. 55, south of the Separation Wall area near Qalqilia. The planned road will cross west of Habla village, near Qalqilia, and will be used by settlers of Alfeh Menashe, Maali Shamron and Yakeer settlement, linking them with Wadi Qana Street and Emanuel settlement east of Qalqilia, in addition to linking Qarneh Shamron and Qadumim settlements with the Green Line.
|5 children, 2 residents injured in Hebron by army fire||Saed Bannoura - IMEMC and Agencies - The WAFA news agency reported that seven residents, including five children, were injured in al-Fawwar refuge camp in Hebron, after the army fired at dozens of homes following clashes which erupted in the camp.
|Trapped between sea and settlements, thousands of Palestinians struggle to survive||Ravi Nessman - The Jordan Times - AL MAWASI (AP), Gaza Strip -- Trapped between Jewish settlements and the Mediterranean, the Palestinians of Al Mawasi are struggling to survive.
|Tunnel system for Palestinians emerges in West Ramallah||The Grassroots Palestinian Anti-Apartheid Wall Campaign - ||13/4/2005|
|What does it mean to disengage?||Maia Carter Hallward - the author argues that with the Gaza "disengagement" plan, Sharon is playing two tricks: first, he is diverting attention away from the West Bank; secondly, he is preparing a Yamit-style "national trauma" show, which he hopes will make it easier for Israel to keep the West Bank settlement blocs. ||19/4/2005|
|Settlers attack an elderly man||Saed Bannoura - IMEMC&Agecnies - An elderly man was seriously injured when a group of settlers of Alon Moreh settlement hurled stones at him and severely beat him as he was herding his sheep on his land near the settlement.
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